14th Street (Manhattan)
14th Street looking west from Fifth Avenue
|Location||Manhattan, New York City|
|West end||NY 9A/West Side Highway|
|East end||Avenue C|
In the past 14th Street was an upscale location, but it lost some of its glamor and status as the city grew northward. At Broadway, 14th Street forms the southern border of Union Square. It is also considered the northern boundary of Greenwich Village, Alphabet City and the East Village, and the southern boundary of Chelsea, Flatiron/Lower Midtown, and Gramercy.
14th Street marks the southern terminus of Manhattan's grid system. North of 14th Street, the streets make up a near-perfect grid that runs in numerical order. South of 14th, the grid continues in the East Village almost perfectly, but not so in Greenwich Village, where an older and less uniform grid plan applies.
West 14th Street begins at an interchange with New York State Route 9A northeast of Greenwich Village. At the end of the interchange, it intersects with 10th Avenue. The street continues east, intersecting Washington Street, Ninth Avenue/Hudson Street, Eighth Avenue, Seventh Avenue, Sixth Avenue and Fifth Avenue. After Fifth Avenue, West 14th becomes East 14th and goes on to form the southern border of Union Square between University Place and Fourth Avenue. East of Fourth Avenue, 14th Street forms the southern end of Irving Place, a north-south road which terminates at Gramercy Park. Onwards, 14th Street intersects Third Avenue, which forms the border between the neighborhoods of East Village to the south and Gramercy to the north. The street goes on to intersect Second Avenue, the location of the future 14th Street station in the unfunded Phase 3 of the Second Avenue Subway. At First Avenue, 14th Street widens from a 4-lane road to a six-lane divided boulevard, with a westbound service road. 14th Street then intersects the main thoroughfares of Alphabet City: Avenue A, Avenue B, and Avenue C where the street terminates.
14th Street is well-served by the New York City Subway. Every line that crosses 14th Street has a stop there:
- 14th Street – Union Square on the BMT Canarsie Line, BMT Broadway Line, and IRT Lexington Avenue Line serving the 4 5 6 <6> L N Q R trains
- 14th Street (Sixth Avenue) on the BMT Canarsie Line and IND Sixth Avenue Line serving the L F M trains
- 14th Street (Seventh Avenue) on the IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line serving the 1 2 3 trains
- 14th Street – Eighth Avenue on the BMT Canarsie Line and IND Eighth Avenue Line serving the A C E L trains
The BMT Canarsie Line runs underneath 14th Street from Eighth Avenue to the East River, stopping at First Avenue, Third Avenue, Union Square, Sixth Avenue, and Eighth Avenue. The line is served at all times by the L train.
Points of interest
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to 14th Street (Manhattan).|
- NYCSubway.org - Union Square - L
- NYCSubway.org - 8th Avenue - ACE
- New York Songlines: 14th Street, a virtual walking tour